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A few surprising finds inside donatated books at the Charleston County Library. A few surprising finds inside donatated books at the Charleston County Library.
Volunteer Joan Simpson sorts books ahead of the Charleston County book sale. Volunteer Joan Simpson sorts books ahead of the Charleston County book sale.
WCBD - The massive book sales at the Charleston County Library this weekend is important in more ways than one. The book sale adds money to the bottom line and helps with things like the Kid's Summer Reading Program or resume writing workshops. The cash from this sale will make up about 10% of all money donated to the library this year. Director of Charleston Friends of the Library, Emily Everett and a team of volunteers works year around on these book sales.

 "This one is full of children's books, adult fiction, art books, cook books, CDs and DVDs lots of finds."

These sales are crucial, if they don’t get rid of the books, the 16-libraries inside Charleston County would be overwhelmed with donations.  Volunteers work Monday through Friday filling boxes and boxes with the thousands of books that come through the door.

Before boxing the books they are looked over and sorted-- a mundane and thankless task for volunteers. But just like any book worth reading, there is sometimes an interesting twist that sparks a new interest. It may not leap off the page-- sometimes it just falls out. 

Over the years workers have learned that things accidentally left tucked between the pages of a book are sometimes as fascinating as the read. Joan Simpson is a volunteer and library Board member she sorts and boxes the donations weekly and gave her “neat” find story.

"It had a bunch of baseball cards from the nineteen fifties and when we researched, one of the cards was worth eight hundred to a thousand dollars." said Simpson.

Everett also offered up some other things of interest found over the years.

"Airline tickets are very popular personal photos I think we just found a dentist reminder some letters, we also found bullets and money…I believe it was about $800 and we gave it back, they kept $100 and donated the rest back." Everett said. 

 The pages may also hold some secrets that have been stewing for years. Inside “1,001 Low Fat Recipes” some of mother's little helper, a bottle of gin.  With a laugh Everett speculated, “They said I thought this book felt funny and opened it and whoa, somebody didn’t know about grandma’s secret.”

Charleston County’s summer book sale has 30,000 books to choose from. It begins this Friday and Saturday from 9am until 5:30pm and Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at the branch on Calhoun Street. 

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